melissa.graves@ceflawyers.com
P: 248-351-5423
F: 248-351-5448
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AREAS OF PRACTICE
Professional Liability
General & Automotive Liability
Medical Malpractice
Grievance Defense

Judicial Disciplinary Matters
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EDUCATION
Wayne State University Law School (J.D. cum laude, 2002)
Wayne State University (B.S. magna cum laude, 1999)
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ADMISSIONS
State Bar of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS
Super Lawyers®, Professional Liability – Defense (2013-2017)
Women in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2016)
Top 25 Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers™ (2016)
Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers™ (2016)
Listed “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (2010, 2012)
Listed Top Lawyer, Legal Malpractice Law, DBusiness® (2012, 2016-2017)
Recipient of the Boaz Siegel Award for Outstanding Performance in the Fields of Pension, Health and Welfare, Employment or Labor Law
Served as member of the National Moot Court Team
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Melissa E. Graves

Melissa focuses her practice on the defense of professional liability claims and has represented a wide array of professionals, including attorneys, real estate agents, insurance agents, and health care professionals. Melissa is also involved in the defense of judicial disciplinary and general liability matters, including claims arising out of auto and trucking accidents. Her experience includes representing clients from the pre-suit phase through trial and she has been successful in obtaining favorable rulings in a number of appellate matters.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Member, Oakland County Bar Association
Member and Past President, Women’s Bar Association – Oakland County Region of the Women Lawyers
—–Association of Michigan (President from 2013-2014)

PROMINENT OUTCOMES

Won summary disposition in the Livingston County Circuit Court in a contentious multi-million dollar legal malpractice claim in which the opposing parties tried to inject entirely new theories into the case after extensive discovery, including over 30 days of deposition testimony from key witnesses.

PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Social Media and Word-of-Mouse Discovery Tips 4 Litig8tors, DRI Riding the E&O Line, Vol. 3 Issue 1 (March 15, 2011)

In Supervising Other Health Care Providers, The Duties and Liabilities are Many, Michigan Medical Law Report, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Fall 2011)

Voodoo Economics? Loss of Parental Training and Guidance: The New Battleground in Medical Malpractice Damages, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 1 (July 2010)

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